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Yeah, Rain Man definitely filmed here

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Here’s a compilation of screen shots from the 1988 film “Rain Man” starring Tom Cruise and Dustin Hoffman and photos of some of the locations, taken by me.

John A. Roebling Suspension Bridge / Cincinnati – Covington

Here is a scene where they are crossing the Roebling Bridge between Ohio and Kentucky:

Crossing the Roebling Bridge between Ohio to Kentucky

Here is a photo I took of the bridge:

John A. Roebling Suspension Bridge / Cincinnati - Covington Bridge

Pompilio’s Restaurant – Newport, Kentucky

There was a scene filmed at Pompilio’s Restaurant. Here is the exterior from the film:

Pompilio's Restaurant - Newport, Kentucky

I took this photo last year. It looks so much less barren now!

Pompilio's Restaurant - Newport, Kentucky

Here’s the interior of the restaurant, a scene when they are ordering their pancakes from their waitress: Sally Dibbs…Dibbs, Sally. Interestingly, Bonnie Hunt also played another Sally, the Porsche in Pixar’s Cars!

I made an odd observation. If you look carefully, the floor and furniture look so much the same, but yet…different. The chairs were switched from green to red, and the floor was switched from red to green…

Pompilio's Restaurant - Newport, Kentucky

Pompilio's Restaurant - Newport, Kentucky

Here’s a scene from the movie looking from the bar into one of the rooms of the restaurant (from above).

Pompilio's Restaurant - Newport, Kentucky

A close up of that dining room

Pompilio's Restaurant - Newport, Kentucky

The bar in the background

Pompilio's Restaurant - Newport, Kentucky

Pompilio's Restaurant - Newport, Kentucky

The Hearthstone Inn & Cabins – US 52, Metamora, Indiana

This scene where Raymond wouldn’t go out in the rain was supposed to take place on US 60 somewhere in Missouri. In reality, it was filmed at the Hearthstone Inn & Cabins on US 52 in Metamora, Indiana.

This first screen capture, from the movie, is of the restaurant to the left, and the cabin Charlie and Raymond are staying in is to the right (you can see the Buick in front of it)

Hearthstone Inn & Cabins - US 52, Metamora, Indiana

Here is a shot of the restaurant from 2005. Where it says “The Hearthstone Restaurant” in the following photo, was where the cabin sat perpendicular in the movie (the restaurant buildings have been added onto).

Hearthstone Inn & Cabins - US 52, Metamora, Indiana

This screen capture from the movie is essentially the same scene from above, only this is supposed to be the next morning. Also, you can see a number of small cabins up on the hill in back.

Hearthstone Inn & Cabins - US 52, Metamora, Indiana

Here is a closeup of the cabin, which now sits up on the hill, in front of the little cabins.

Hearthstone Inn & Cabins - US 52, Metamora, Indiana

Here is a farther away shot of where the cabin sits now, behind where it was in the movie, and facing US 52.

Hearthstone Inn & Cabins - US 52, Metamora, Indiana

In this scene inside the cabin, Charlie’s impatience is growing as Raymond refuses to go outside in the rain. Note the neon restaurant sign in the background, just to Charlie’s right. That is the Hearthstone Inn sign, which sits along the north side of US 52 in Metamora, Indiana. The view out of this cabin is southeast.

Hearthstone Inn & Cabins - US 52, Metamora, Indiana

Hearthstone Restaurant - US 52, Metamora, Indiana

The Big 8 Motel – US 66, El Reno, Oklahoma

Finally, the rain ends and back on the road they quest. Their next stay is at the Big 8 Motel, billed as “Amarillo’s Finest.” Actually, this motel was located in El Reno, Oklahoma.

Big 8 Motel - Route 66, El Reno, Oklahoma

Unfortunately, sometime after the movie, the property was sold and it became the nondescript “Deluxe Inn.” The beautiful neon sign was gone, the building had a horrendous paint job, and it was anything but deluxe…the condition of the motel in the movie was pretty good, but by the time I passed through in August 2000, it was in decline. It continued to worsen until the motel closed and was finally demolished.

Deluxe Inn - Route 66, El Reno, OK

The gentleman in the screenshot below was the real owner of the Big 8 (he was in at least one Route 66 documentary I have seen). Under his ownership, the Big 8 was in good shape, but after he sold it, in started to decline.

Big 8 Motel - Route 66, El Reno, Oklahoma

Deluxe Inn - Route 66, El Reno, Oklahoma

The following screen captures show the location of their room, 117. Nice touch to have room numbers in neon tubing above the doorways.

Big 8 Motel - Route 66, El Reno, Oklahoma

Big 8 Motel - Route 66, El Reno, Oklahoma

The room number was still 117, but all of the neon tubing was gone.

Deluxe Inn - Route 66, El Reno, OK

Guthrie, Oklahoma

The scenes filmed in Guthrie were as Charlie stopped (again) to use a phone booth to conduct business, Raymond leaves the car and attempts to cross a street in search of K-mart. Halfway through the intersection, the “walk” sign changes to “don’t walk,” prompting Raymond to stop in his tracks, disrupting traffic and forcing Charlie to seek medical / psychiatric help…probably as much for himself as Raymond.

Arriving in town…heading east on Oklahoma Avenue from the west end of town

Rain Man filming location - Guthrie, Oklahoma

Rain Man filming location - Guthrie, OK

Oklahoma Avenue, just west of Division Street

Rain Man filming location - Guthrie, Oklahoma

Rain Man filming location - Guthrie, OK

Rain Man filming location - Guthrie, Oklahoma

Rain Man filming location - Guthrie, OK

Rain Man filming location - Guthrie, Oklahoma

Rain Man filming location - Guthrie, OK

Rain Man filming location - Guthrie, Oklahoma

Rain Man filming location - Guthrie, OK

Rain Man filming location - Guthrie, Oklahoma

Rain Man filming location - Guthrie, OK

Oklahoma Avenue and Division Street

This scene was filmed with Raymond walking north on Division Street at its intersection with Oklahoma Avenue (our view is to the south).

Rain Man filming location - Guthrie, Oklahoma

Rain Man filming location - Guthrie, OK

Raymond is still facing north on Division Street, while we are looking east down Oklahoma Avenue

Rain Man filming location - Guthrie, Oklahoma

Rain Man filming location - Guthrie, OK

Charlie takes Raymond to a doctor

Rain Man filming location - Guthrie, Oklahoma

The above scene was filmed inside this space in the building at the northeast corner of Oklahoma Avenue and Division Street. Raymond is sitting in front of the window that diagonally faces the intersection.

Rain Man filming location - Guthrie, OK

You can see the building in the photo below is visible in the window behind Raymond, which is located on the southwest corner of Oklahoma and Division (it’s the same building he passed when he first crossed the street).

Rain Man filming location - Guthrie, OK

All of the above scenes in Guthrie were filmed very compactly at this corner, or steps away.

November 28, 2008: Route 66 (Day 2)

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This morning at the motel, I did searched geocaching.com for geocaches along Route 66, as well as back to Indianapolis. I just got a new GPS, a DeLorme PN-40, and was anxious to try it out. I hadn’t cached for a while, and was ready for some caching!

We left the motel and followed 66 through Rolla, where we found our first cache of the day, and our first in Missouri. We decided to stick with just one or two caches per hour so we could make it as far as Oklahoma City on this trip. We also wanted to get to Pop’s – a gas statiohn/ soda ranch / cafe that sells nearly every type of soda made. I recently saw a brand of soda, Olde Brooklyn, with flavors named after New York City boroughs / neighborhoods, like Bay Ridge Birch, Flatbush orange, Coney Island Cream Soda, etc. Pop’s sells it, so I know I’ll be picking up a lot of soda here! I also haven’t had Route 66 Root Beer in a while and it’s very good!

We slowly meandered our way on 66 through Missouri. For as many times as we have been through Missouri, I hadn’t stopped to take a photo of this A & W Root Beer Burger Family…not this time!

A & W Burger Family - on Route 66 near Dillon, Missouri

I also hadn’t stopped by the remains of the old Stony Dell Resort before, or at least, taken photos. Also picked up a cache here too!

Remains of the Stony Dell Resort - Route 66, Newburg, Missouri

We found several more caches along the way near Devil’s Elbow as well as one when we made our usual stop at Wrink’s Market in Lebanon for a drink and a snack (homemade cookies! mmmm). We talked a little with Terry Wrinkle, son of original owner, Glenn Wrinkle. As is becoming our trend, we also stopped at Redmon’s Candy factory in Phillipsburg.

Redmon's Candy Factory - Phillipsburg, Missouri

They sell homemade fudge, chocolates, taffy and a variety of hard candy that you can mix & match. They also have all types of new and old novelty candy like pop rocks, wax bottles, candy cigarettes, etc. We took 66 through Springfield and found a cache on the east end of town near the old Holiday Drive-in. Another place we hadn’t stopped to take a photo before!

Holiday Theater - Route 66, Springfield, Missouri

We continued on 66 through Carthage, Carterville, Webb City, and Joplin. In Carthage, we noticed the HISTORIC 66 sign installed by Rod Harsh, who ran a Route 66 Visitor’s Center in an old filling station in Carterville, Missouri. Rod had a “sign the route” project, and we donated $25, which made this sign installation possible.

HISTORIC 66 Turn Sign - Carthage, Missouri

Outside of Joplin we took an old alignment of 66 into Galena, Kansas.

Route 66 - Galena, Kansas

We thought about stopping to eat a newer place in Galena called “4 Women on the Route” but it was closed (probably due to the holidays). It’s a neat new addition to Route 66. They have a cafe & gift shop and two interesting photo ops-one is a rusty old tow truck. Why on earth you ask would a rusty old tow truck be a photo op? Well, old cars, whether rusty or restored, are always cool subjects. But this particular tow truck was the inspiration for the Pixar animators to create Tow Mater for Cars. A set of eyes added to the windshield and there you have him! Unfortunately, despite the fact that these ladies possess the actual inspiration for Mater, complex legalities prevent Disney’s legal team from allowing them to refer to the truck as Tow Mater, so they named him Tow Tater instead. I suspect that many children unknowing or caring of such legalities & whose minds soak up every detail regularly make the necessary correction. We arrived at Eisler Bros. a short time before closing.

Eisler Bros. Old Riverton Store - Route 66, Riverton, Kansas

We picked up a couple of Route 66 books – the 2nd volume of David Wickline’s “Images of 66″ and the 2nd edition of Jerry McClanahans amazing, “EZ66 Guide.” Don’t travel 66 without McJerry’s book. It’s an absolute must-have for any trip on 66. Here’s an endorsement…since we were originally heading to Atlanta, once we decided to take 66, I lamented about not having McJerry’s guide with us. As soon as I saw the updated 2nd edition, I immediately said we MUST get it! The EZ66 guide aids travelers in navigating Route 66. Excellent maps, very accurate and detailed without being TOO detailed and cumbersome, are provided along with EZ turn by turn directions. This guide is so well done, I dare say it’s darn near perfect. He gives the novice 66 travelers an EZ way of traveling the route seeing sights along the way, without bogging you down in details but yet remaining accurate with the explicit caveat that the route does change over time, traffic conditions, detours, etc.).

With late fall trips come early sunsets and sunset fell quickly as entered Commerce, Oklahoma.

Sunset - Route 66, Commerce, Oklahoma

Pat and I both had the same thought about dinner: Waylan’s Ku-Ku Burger! Great hamburgers and crushed ice…and a great neon sign at dusk! It was a little (only just a little) past the ideal time I like to shoot neon, but still enough ambient light to get a good shot.

Waylan's Ku-Ku Burger - Route 66, Miami, Oklahoma

We ended up in Stroud, and thought we’d check out the Skyliner Motel. After looking at a room, we decided to stay.

Skyliner Motel - Route 66, Stroud, Oklahoma

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November 27, 2008: Route 66 (Day 1)

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We woke up this morning intending to head south to Georgia. After a last check of the weather we noticed the forecast had worsened. The chance for rain increased significantly, and since I had a specific purpose for this trip mostly involving outdoor photography, it was not something I wanted to do in the rain. We struggled between wanting to go and whether or not to trust the forecast. We could go somewhere else with a better forecast or not go at all. Pat hinted at going west on 66 since we hadn’t done that in a while. He’s very indecisive, as readers of his blog know from his recent post. We didn’t have enough time for him to put up a poll on his blog to decide where to go, so he let Amber decide. He wrote 3 options on bottle caps: go to Georgia as planned, take Route 66 west as far as we could go, or stay home, and geocache locally. Whichever cap she picked was what we’d do, and she picked geocaching.

Since we now had no time constraints, I watched the Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade with Amber & plotted a couple of Indiana cache routes with my new DeLorme Topo 7 software. I also played with transferring waypoints to my new GPS, a DeLorme PN-40. So once I did that and the parade ended, I asked Pat about heading out. Then Pat says, “Wanna go to Atlanta?” So much for the written in stone bottle cap selection.  I’m game to try it, so I finished packing, said goodbye to Amber and off we went.

We figured by this late hour, we’d have to superslab most of the trip, so we could get to our destination at a reasonable hour the next day. It was especially important, since the forecast called for some showers building late Friday and Saturday was looking like a total washout. As we headed south on I-65, I started feeling some negative road karma, but while I didn’t want to go home, I really didn’t want to deal with rain. I also didn’t feel like having to superslab the trip in a hurry, and I thought that by the time we’d get to Atlanta, I’d only have a small window of “cloudy” weather with rain closing in. At best, I’d have to rush around taking my photographs before rain set in, and at worst it would be raining. So I said to Pat, “Let’s go on 66 instead!” So we cut across town to I-70 and started our journey west.

After we crossed into Illinois, we took US 40, only taking the evil-I into St. Louis. Sunset on US 40 in Illinois We exited at Hampton Road and took 66 partly through town. By now, Ted Drewes is in “Christmas tree selling” mode. We passed by Crestwood Bowl, of which I haven’t had the chance to take a photo until now.

Crestwood Bowl Neon Sign - St. Louis, Missouri

On Chippewa, there was a Shell station with unleaded gas for 1.33! We took the Interstate from the west side of town to Eureka, then took 66 until Stanton. At that point, we got back onto the Interstate. We thought we might make it as far as Rolla where there are plenty of lodging choices. We passed by Finns Motel in St. James and decided to check it out. The price was reasonable the room was clean and they had WiFi so we opted to stay.

We didn’t get much sleep the night before and I was fairly exhausted so I fell asleep right away.

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June 2004: Tulsa Route 66 Festival

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June 2003: Route 66 – Oklahoma & Missouri

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Our Honeymoon on Route 66 (Day 3)

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Oklahoma City, Oklahoma to Amarillo, Texas

We started our day by meeting with Ken & Melissa, two of their kids Alicia & Jericho, Ken’s friend Mark and Nicole to go to breakfast at a fine place called Jimmy’s Egg, where we met up with more e-group members: Jim Ross, Laurel Kane, Sue Preston, and Mark Potter.  Jimmy’s Egg is much like a Denny’s or Perkin’s, it dispenses some fine bacon & eggs!

After our breakfast with the group Sunday morning (Thanks, Ken!!) we mosied west. We took a very slow, leisurely pace, staying off the interstate.  We passed through Yukon (the hometown of Garth Brooks) and El Reno, where we saw that the Deluxe Inn was closed down. The rooms were being torn apart – old mattresses littered the parking lot! The Deluxe Inn was formerly the Big 8 Motel, and was unique in the fact that it was used in the 1988 movie Rain Man, with Tom Cruise and Dustin Hoffman. Filmmakers thought the motel and sign were perfect for a scene where the main characters stayed in Amarillo for the night. However, with the Big 8 being in El Reno, Oklahoma, they created a sign to hang on the motel touting it as “Amarillo’s Finest.” The owner decided to keep the sign and promote it’s appearance in Rain Man.  The room they stayed in remained decorated as it was in the movie, and you could stay there, or at least just look and take pictures.  Unfortunately, during Jennifer’s trip in August 2000, the Big 8 had changed hands, and become another non-descript, dumpy motel called The Deluxe Inn (a misnomer if ever there was one!). But now, it appears that they are tearing the place down, yet another example of how history takes a backseat to “progress.”

After we left El Reno, we decided to take the original alignment of Route 66, dating back from 1926 – 1933, which cut north through Calumet and Geary. From Geary, it meandered south as an unpaved, dirt alignment to the point where it crossed the South Canadian River at Bridgeport. However, the site of that river crossing, also known as the Key Bridge, was demolished in the 1950’s. So, we headed east and connected with a newer alignment of 66, which cut across the South Canadian River on a 3/4 mile long, 38 arch pony truss bridge, built in 1933, thus spelling demise of the Key Bridge. Pony Truss Bridge over the Canadian River - Route 66, OklahomaWe continued on to Hydro, where we stopped to check out the now-closed “Lucille’s” historic gas station, dating back to the 1940’s. From there, we went on to Clinton, where we first stopped to check out the site of the former Pop Hick’s Restaurant.  Pop Hick’s was located on Route 66 for a long time, and was featured in Michael Wallis’ video Journey Down Route 66. Jennifer was quite disappointed during her first trip upon discovering that Pop Hick’s had burned down a year earlier! Unfortunately, the current owners had no insurance, so they were unable to rebuild. We then toured the Oklahoma Route 66 Museum, which is more than worth the $3 admission.

We had driven about 100 miles after 6 hours. So after we left Clinton, we jumped on I-40 through western Oklahoma and into Texas. We did get off the Interstate at the business routes (66) through Shamrock, Big Texan - Amarillo, TexasMcLean, Alanreed (where Pat nearly had a fatal encounter with a skunk with tail fully engaged), and Groom, where we visited the 190 foot-plus tall “Cross of the Plains,” much like the cross in Effingham, IL along I-70.  We needed to jump back onto the Interstate to Amarillo where we got in around 10:00 PM. Going against our better judgment, we had a small steak dinner before they closed the doors at the Big Texan.   The Big Texan is famous for offering a free 72oz. steak dinner if you can eat the steak, potato, salad, shrimp cocktail, and roll & butter within an hour. (www.bigtexan.com) If you don’t make it, the cost is about $60. Just so happened one gent was trying the challenge while we were there. He walked out $60 lighter!

Another fellow e-group member, and human resources director at the Big Texan, Becky Ransom, reserved an incredible room for us at the Big Texan Motel. The furniture is all rustic in appearance, including wooden doors covering the windows instead of drapes. It was a very nice stay!!

Until tomorrow…

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Our Honeymoon on Route 66 (Day 2)

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Fenton, Missouri to Oklahoma City, Oklahoma

Saturday, June 15 brought a loooong part of the journey. Unfortunately we had to take I-44 through Missouri so we could get into Oklahoma at a reasonable time.  We had, individually, both been on Route 66 in Missouri, and through part of Missouri together (see our April 2001 trip), but it still pained us to be on the Interstate!  We didn’t like “shunning” the Mother Road! We did take Route 66 at Exit #261 in order to go to Pacific, where we had breakfast at Monroe’s Route 66 Diner, which is housed in a metal Quonset hut. Very excellent diner with great road food – perfect to start your road trip with a hearty breakfast!  Reasonable prices, too.

We also stopped in Stanton, to go to the Antique Toy Museum for a case of Route 66 Root Beer for the road. After purchasing our root beer and some other souvenirs, the owner offered us a free tour.  We didn’t have much time to do the tour justice (Jennifer had been there for a visit in August 2000), but we did enjoy about a half an hour there exploring their expansive (and expensive!) collection of toys.

We continued on through Missouri, and unfortunately, as we approached the Kansas/Oklahoma borders, we realized we couldn’t take the route through Kansas (and would miss Eisler Brothers’ General Store) or else we would be very late meeting our friend, Laurel Kane. Laurel is an avid Route 66’er and collector of postcards – see her website: Postcards from the Road.  She is from Connecticut, as was Jennifer, and recently moved to Oklahoma after purchasing an old D-X filling station in Afton, Oklahoma on the shoulders of Route 66. Laurel is restoring the station, which dates back to the 1930’s, where she will greet visitors on Route 66, where they can view her thousands of vintage Route 66 postcards as well as her dozen or so Packards which will also be on display. Long story short (hopefully), Laurel brought us together…when Jennifer was still living in Connecticut and joined the e-group, she met with Laurel for an afternoon of discussion and story-swapping about Route 66. Later that evening, Jennifer received an e-mail from Laurel’s friend Pat. Unbeknownst to Jennifer at the time, after their meeting, Laurel e-mailed Pat, telling him she found Pat’s future wife! When Jennifer moved to Romeoville, Illinois, we met in person and hit it off…a year and a half later, here we are – honeymooning on Route 66!  Now, back to our trip….

We met Laurel at Waylan’s Ku Ku Burger in Miami, Oklahoma, then motored down Route 66 to her Afton Station for an updated look at the renovations. After visiting with Laurel for several hours, we hated to part, but our destination was Oklahoma City, so we needed to continue.

As we took the Evil I (aka, the Interstate) into Tulsa, we noticed some heavy storms up ahead. We witnessed an impressive lightning display, which turned into torrential rainstorms, and continued until Oklahoma City. It did not make for fun travel, especially on the crowded Interstate! Thanks to an incorrect map on Yahoo, we got lost trying to find our hotel, the Route 66 Drive Inn Hotel & Suites, which was on the west side of OKC.  Of course, the map showed it on the east side.  But being the Road Maven couple that we are, we found our way there.

We arrived around 10:00 PM and were told our choice of two rooms had been held for us by our friend Ken Turmel. Ken is a fellow Route 66 e-group member, and a retired postal carrier who has created what is called “PostmarkArt.” It’s hard to explain, so see Ken’s website, designed and maintained by Jennifer: PostmarkArt by Ken Turmel). Ken and his wife Melissa were in the room next door, and in a room across the courtyard were two of Ken’s daughters, and another fellow e-group member, Nicole. We met Ken for a while, and later Nicole, and talked until 1:00 AM! Knowing we were all meeting in the morning for a big Route 66 e-group breakfast, we finally said goodnight!

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July 2001: Oklahoma Route 66 Cruise

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Pat and I decided to attend the Oklahoma Route 66 Association’s annual cruise this year, held on July 13 – 14, 2001. Cruisers have the option of travelling eastbound or westbound, with festivities centrally planned in Yukon.

I had just moved to the Chicagoland area back in January and Pat lives in Indianapolis, so we thought about the most efficient way we could get together, to start our drive to Oklahoma. I was able to get a very inexpensive flight from Midway Airport to Indianapolis, so Pat picked me up there and we headed out to Oklahoma.

Since we were coming from Indiana and didn’t have alot of time, we obviously cruised west, starting in Miami, Oklahoma at Waylan’s Ku-Ku Burgers (they have great crushed ice!!).

Ending in Yukon, there was a sock hop and car show, which was alot of fun. On Sunday morning, I had to get to Tulsa for a return flight to Midway. We had difficulty finding the airport and I arrived at the airport with minutes to spare before my flight.

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 Also, see these photos of the car show and sock hop by Cheryl Nowka
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